We’ve all been there. You’re at home, you want to watch something funny on Netflix – but you don’t know where to start. There’s just so much available that you end up watching old episodes of Gossip Girl instead.
OK, so maybe the Gossip Girl thing is just us. But you get the picture.
That’s why the Stuff team has worked tirelessly to find the best comedy TV shows available on Netflix UK. Take a look and we’re sure you’ll find something to tickle your funny bone.
The End of the F***ing World (S1-2)
If you prefer your quirky comedy-drama to remain firmly planted on the bleak side of the fence, this Brit series co-produced by Netflix and Channel 4 demands a spot on your watchlist. When two alienated teenagers set off on an impromptu road trip, things take a chaotic Bonnie and Clyde-style turn – and little wonder, given that one of them, believing himself to be a psychopath, plans on murdering the other as soon as the opportunity presents itself.
With episodes running just 20 minutes in length, it’s easy to find yourself drawn into the pair’s misadventure and binge on this show. Just make sure you don’t miss out on the music, camerawork and production design when your blitz through it in a weekend – because this is as well-made as it is engrossing.
The Office (US, S1-9)
It may have started life under inauspicious circumstances – US remakes of UK series rarely survive the Hollywood “glow up” without being stripped of their lustre – but The Office swiftly grew into a sitcom that stood proudly on its own. With Steve Carell lighting up the earlier seasons as cringy boss Michael Scott and a superb supporting cast providing plenty of great character moments even into the Scott-free final few dozen episodes, it’s hard to think of a transatlantic TV reimagining that’s established as strong of an identity as this. All nine seasons (that’s an astounding 188 episodes by our count) are available on Netflix.
Schitt’s Creek (S1-6)
Each and every episode of this beloved Canadian sitcom is now on Netflix, which means you have many hours of strangely reassuring, utterly enjoyable telly lying before you. Schitt’s Creek stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara as a once-rich couple now bankrupt and forced to slum it in the eponymous town they previously purchased as a joke.
Managing to be both acerbic and full of heart, this is possibly the perfect new (i.e. made in the last few years) comedy series to binge watch – a perfect choice if you're dangerously close to ploughing through Friends for the fiftieth time.
Spaced is a cult 20-year-old sitcom about two London flatmates hanging out and chatting about stuff, usually as a way of avoiding work. Written by and starring a pre-movie star Simon Pegg and Jessica Hines, it might sound like your classic odd couple setup – but it's much more than that.
That's partly thanks to the assortment of surreal supporting characters – from intense, weirdo artist Brian to military-obsessed manchild Mike – but it's the stream of pop culture references that make it a key part of the nerd canon. It's a geek's dream, with loving hat tips to everything from Star Wars to Resident Evil.
Dan Harmon’s sitcom about an American community college (widely regarded Stateside as a sort of low-rent vocational alternative to university) is packed with exactly the sort of knowing pop culture references, clever subversion of cliché and OTT characters that TV geeks adore. Small wonder it quickly became a cult favourite, source of quotable lines and (the true mark of a cult series if ever there was one), a triumphant return after being cancelled by its original network. Find out what all the fuss is about by binging the entire thing: all six seasons are available for streaming on Netflix.
Space Force (S1)
Steve Carell makes a long-awaited return to the small screen in this timely sitcom from Greg Daniels – previously involved with the US Office, King of the Hill, Parks and Recreation and The Simpsons. Carell plays the Mark Naird, the general in charge of America’s newest branch of the armed forces, tasked by Trump with bringing US hegemony to the moon, stars and beyond – but as expected things don’t quite go off with military precision.
Not only is the Space Force derided by the more traditional military organisations, but it’s staffed by a bunch of misfits and eccentrics that make Naird’s professional life a nightmare. And his personal life isn’t much better.
BoJack Horseman (S1-6)
A Netflix exclusive, this animated series features Arrested Development’s Will Arnett as the titular Horseman, a, er, “horse man” who enjoyed success while in a popular 1990s sitcom but now lives in a haze of booze and self-loathing as a washed-up former star. But don't worry if we've made it sound too grim - the show's serious:silly ratio is well balanced.
Set in a skewed version of Hollywood in which humans live alongside anthropomorphic animals, BoJack Horseman features a strong cast (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul plays BoJack’s best friend Todd) and strong writing, and with five seasons available it's perfect fodder for a weekend binge-watch blowout.
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (S1)
Sketch shows can be a bit like luncheon meat, tank tops and hostess trolleys: unwanted, outmoded relics from the 1970s. But this Netflix original (along with Limmy’s Show, also featured in this list) is proof positive that there’s life in the old format yet.
Former Saturday Night Live star Tim Robinson co-writes and appears (along with a parade of familiar guest faces) in a collection of surreal, crude, inventive and ultimately hilarious skits that rarely end up where you expect them to.
As a sport in which a 70-year-old woman once gave birth to a human hand, wrestling isn’t exactly renowned for its nuanced storytelling. Thankfully, GLOW isn’t really about wrestling at all, but a gang of kickass women rallying against their demons and the dudes who’d rather keep them down.
Featuring a stellar lead turn by Alison Brie and set in 1980s Los Angeles (you can practically smell the hairspray), it's arguably Netflix's best original series since Stranger Things. Even if you've no idea of the difference between a duplex and a powerbomb.
Derry Girls (S1)
The first series of Channel 4’s raucous sitcom recently arrived on Netflix, so if you missed it the first time round (or just can’t deal with All 4’s woeful picture quality and endless stream of ads), here’s your chance to be whisked away to early 1990s Northern Ireland, into the lives of four Catholic girls (and one English boy) as they navigate their teenage years against the background of the Troubles. Not that Derry Girls takes itself at all seriously – sectarianism is just a rich comic seam to be mined.
You might be familiar with Australian comedian Chris Lilley through his previous mockumentaries Summer Heights High and Angry Boys. In Lunatics, he plays six typically Lilley-esque grotesques over ten episodes; from a South African pet medium to a foul-mouthed, Instagram-obsessed Aussie tween visiting relatives in England, or from an ex-porn star turned hoarder to a fashion designer sexually attracted to household objects, Lilley’s caricatures are keenly observed and frequently both horrifying and hilarious.
Russian Doll (S1)
The brainchild of Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland, this Netflix Original is like Groundhog Day by way of Girls: an acerbic, cynical, substance-abusing New Yorker (Lyonne) finds herself experiencing the same day over and over, repeatedly dying in increasingly bizarre accidents, only to wake up once again in a bathroom at her own birthday party. Has she smoked something dodgy, or lost her mind – or is there something more profound and spiritual at work here?
Hilarious, outrageous and inventive, this is precisely the type of series that cuts through the piles of sub-par filler accumulating on streaming services; a reminder of those halcyon days not so long ago when every Netflix-produced show was a certified banger. At just eight half-hour episodes, it’s also refreshingly brisk; in other words, you won’t need to live the same day over and over just to get it finished.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (S1-2)
A riotous comedy-drama-thriller loosely based on the Douglas Adams-penned novels, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency isn’t like any other show on the box. In fact, it isn’t like anything else in the world – and it’s all the better for that.
The plot is far too convoluted to detail here, but that's precisely the point: as an “holistic” detective, Dirk Gently simply investigates crimes he happens across, following the most obscure and seemingly unconnected of leads as he does so. What transpires is a glorious mess of offbeat diversions, Technicolor characters and bizarre events taking in psychic powers, cats, dogs, homicidal angels, torture, some really lovely leather jackets and Elijah Wood. Best mainlined in a few lengthy sittings - it's too confusing – and too good – to watch piecemeal.